coffeeaddict22 wrote:Would really appreciate any advice on this. Currently on a few waitlists and having a tough time deciding what the number one option here is. Just want to be prepared when I hear back.
Columbia - full price (currently waitlisted)
NYU - full price (currently waitlisted)
UVA - full price (currently waitlisted)
UCLA - half scholarship
USC - half scholarship
LSAT: 168 (taken the LSAT a couple of times, got a 168 on the past attempt, don't think retaking at this point and reapplying will be helpful)
Will mostly be financing COA with loans and be paying for an apartment in either city
From the Midwest but been living in NYC for the past few years working at a biotech/pharma company with a nice support group of friends here
Would like to practice in NYC for a few years but also open to the West Coast or possibly working abroad eventually
Would like to work in big law for a few years in order to pay off the loans and then ideally go in house somewhere
Not entirely sure which area of law I'd like to focus on yet. Interested in corporate/finance/tech/biotech/sports
Might be interested in combining it with an MBA or transitioning over to the business side way down the road too... Semi-considering just doing an MBA if the opportunity cost on law school doesn't seem entirely worth it...
Any of these options seem like a no brainer? Is it worth paying for the big name (assuming I'd get off the waitlist)? Thanks in advance!
Here's my two cents - I'm a fmr mgmt consultant at one of the big3, now data/financial analyst (I kinda sorta get where you're coming from). I got into NYU off wait-list and decided to go myself this fall.
If you want to practice in NYC ( particularly BL), USC and UCLA are unfortunately, not ideal. While Columbia and NYU would be.
I know people in this thread have been advocating for Fordham - but imo thats just silliness. This site in my opinion highlight why i think that. - http://abovethelaw.com/2016/09/the-best ... glaw-jobs/
Im not saying that Fordham isnt a decent school (it is) - i just think that even if they gave you a full ride, it wouldn't be worth it unless you were a bonifide superstar, and i dont think those are good odds - at least not for me.
Here's the thing - the JD/MBA doesnt really have a clear purpose, and from what i gleaned from talking to other lawyers - there no legal job that requires this degree. Where i work, i was encouraged by my coworkers to go for a JD/MBA, but in the end - it really doesn't make sense. It's ok to have doubt about law school v business school (not everybody is 100% confident in the decisions they make, and I dont think that's a bad thing). What you should have is the focus to commit to one of the two once you start, and for that you need perspective. I think you should talk to some people who you think fit your desired career path (I contacted random people on linkedin who are alumni of my school - id say every 5/10 responded). That will give you the perspective you need. Talking to people on a in internet forum who likely dont have your background or understand your current career path is not the best place to gain the detailed answers youre truly looking for.
Ideally I say - reapply if you can handle the stress and pressure of doing so, and if you dont have any family or any serious situations where your reapplication wouldnt be 150% better than your original. If you cannot and are ok with lesser odds to the East Coast - pick the better of USC/UCLA
Im not gonna advise you for a retake - you stated yourself that you've taken multiple times and there is SERIOUS survivorship bias on this site regarding retaking and how simplistic it is to do.
As for the no school in t13 is worth sticker/most schools in the t13 aren't worth sticker argument - Sticker at NYU or Columbia is gonna be a right pain. Columbia at sticker for Tuition and COL is 3701 for a 10 year monthly payment or 2397 for a 20yr payment.
NOT A JOKE. AT ALL! And god forbid thats without a recession or ever minor economic downturn. That being said, 49.4% of students at Columbia do it and almost 60% of NYU kids do. And trust me, they're not idiot, and im sure a majority of them have read this website before. Yeah, i'd say about 20-50% of them probably have parents who can help, but the rest of them dont. and many of them make it out alive and successful. But you have to be willing to sacrifice on a lot. Luckily im getting some need based aid so i wont be paying sticker, but im still paying what most on this site would be an extremely high amount. And thats okay for me. But I also know for sure i DONT want an MBA, and i hate the culture of students in business school tbh, and i also have no undergrad debt at all, and wont owe anything else. Plus you add the fact that after living in a group home/foster care and being homeless while in college, i think i can handle inconvenience.
Long story short - Read all the responses heere, then ask more people who feel you would want to emulate about their experience, and then ask yourself whether you're ready. If you are, youll know.
Edit - saw that this is old - but i still think my advice is useful, i guess i leave it on there.